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Last week's General Election confounded all expectations. The pundits all expected another coalition. Would it be Labour and the SNP or Conservatives and Lib Dems again they wondered? In the event a Conservative majority Government was elected and the Conservative majority increased here in Dover and Deal. 

It is a huge honour and privilege to have been re-elected to serve as your Member of Parliament. So much was achieved in the last Parliament. We stopped the port sell off. We got the new Dover hospital project back on track and saw it built. The fast train now sweeps into Deal every hour of every day. Deal's high street became celebrated at the best in the nation. Unemployment near halved after rising so dramatically before 2010.

Much was done. Yet there is much more to do. In the election I set out a clear plan for the next steps. To see more investment in Dover and Deal. To see Burlington House torn down and the Dover town centre development go ahead. To see the Western Docks revival taken forward. For the Betteshanger project that can create up to 1,000 local jobs near Deal move forward. 

This is what destination Dover and Deal is about. Getting our community, the District Council and the Harbour Board working together as a team. Each doing all they can to see our area become a jewel in the crown of the nation once more. 

This is an exciting time. So many of the building blocks are in place. Now is the time for delivery. To make things really happen. Investment that will help create more jobs and money for our community. To see lower unemployment and more jobs with better pay. 

Next month the new Dover hospital is expected to open. It should enable so much more healthcare to be provided locally. Far fewer journeys to Ashford and Margate. There will be so many services provided there - including day surgery. The next stage is to see five star healthcare. Not the big wards of old, but individual care and recovery suites locally. This will enable people to get better in our community. It would mean a big change to the way we do healthcare. 

Meanwhile I will continue to fight for the best possible healthcare settlement at Deal. The future of the hospital is secure, yet I care deeply about making sure we have the best possible range of services - particularly for the elderly, the vulnerable and those who find it hard to travel. 

The next few years should be really exciting for our community. I am incredibly optimistic about what we can do together. About the changes we can make to ensure that in the years to come we will hand over a much greater community than we found.

Conservative run Dover District Council is moving ahead with plans to demolish Burlington House and redevelop the site on Dover's Townwall Street. Do you support this?


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